The Plastics Team at Roscommon Hospital were awarded first prize for the ‘See and Treat’ service at the HSE Integrated Care Conference, which took place in Dublin Castle last week.
The service, which was established in Roscommon Hospital in July 2011, enables a patient to have their consultation and procedure on the same day where possible.
This means the vast majority of patients attend the service just once, making treatment more convenient for patients and their families.
Surveillance clinics began in July 2013 and they provide staff with the opportunity to review high-risk skin cancer patients. They review approximately 70 patients per surveillance day and to date, 600 patients have been seen and treated as part of this initiative.
The service also enables staff to review high-risk skin cancer patients and ensures accurate follow-up care for patients with melanoma, squamous carcinoma and other high-risk skin cancers. It also enables staff to provide information on skin cancer prevention.
Commenting on the service, staff nurse Bernie Finneran said: “A new initiative, as part of this service is the development of our surveillance booklet.
“This initiative is entirely nurse-led and is a very effective communication tool. It allows for improved communication between the hospital and GPs and means the patient has a greater understanding and control of their condition or treatment.”
Elaine Prendergast, General Manager, Roscommon Hospital, added: “I would like to congratulate the Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery team here in Roscommon for this award which is recognises the first class service they provide to the people of Roscommon and far beyond.”